Construction & Renovation

Suva - Fiji

Only 420€ per week!

A great project to keep you active, fit and creative. Bring all your creative elegance to renew and build beautiful structures for children and local communities.

Join us on this beautiful island to take part in construction and renovation project to develop infrastructure for the local community and also for the school children. Renovate or build parks, playgrounds, classrooms, kindergartens and more.

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Learning
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Community Engagement
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Program Description

Our project helps to relieve the local communities from some of the stress and pressure that they are living under. On this program, the participants work under a local coordinator who provides guidance and training alongside local families. The project involves hard physical and manual labor, as you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles and landscaping/gardening. You can expect to be working around 6 hours a day.

Through participating in this social project, you will make a difference to the local community by supporting local families and children and providing them with better living conditions. The other side of this project involves a more artistic and relaxed environment where participants are in charge of renovating, creating drawings and painting in several kindergartens and primary schools around Suva and Narere. This activity is fun and we support your creativity during the process.

Aims & Objectives

It aims to build and renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

On Monday, you will start planning the project with the coordinator assigned to you and after having breakfast you will leave for the placement at 9.00.

From the next day onwards after having breakfast you will be taken to the project site and assigned with planned tasks for the day. The coordinator will support you during the day and throughout the project. Then, in the afternoon after lunch, you will work at the community location where you will continue with construction and renovation activities and finish your day’s work at 14.30.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

Due to the active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Participants above 16 and below 18 are required to present a parental consent letter and participants below 16 are required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Additional Equipment

There are no specific additional equipments.

Location

Suva is located on the southeast coast of the island Vitti Levu. It is the capital of the country and the largest most cosmopolitan city of Fiji. Suva has an approximate amount of 86,000 inhabitants and works as a harbour city built on the peninsula. The city has a warm rainy tropical weather throughout the year, which keeps the flora fresh, and the temperature in beach-perfect scenery. This town represents the meaning of a multicultural country. It has so many combinations between European, Indian, Asian and Fijian that every single person seems as interesting as the next one. Make sure not to miss the Fiji Museum to learn more about how the beautiful Fiji came to be. The best part of this multicultural aspect is that you can find Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisines in one place!

About the Accommodation

Participants will stay at our centre on Suva, yet can vary depending on the project, but will be in shared bedrooms at our house Centre. There are refrigerators at the accommodation for the participant’s convenience.

Food Arrangements

Three meals, per day are served for the duration of your trip on Monday to Friday two meals per day on the weekends for the duration of your trip. We serve breakfast and dinner at the normal time during the weekend. Breakfast is western style and lunch and dinner are typical Fijian style.

Facilities

  • ATM’s: There are many ATM's near the  Suva House centre which is about a 5 to 10 minutes from the house.
  • Local supermarket is a 5 minute walk from the centre.
  • Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop.
  • The closest city is Suva about a 20 minute ride by car/bus from our Centre.
  • 5 minutes ride to to Makoi Health Centre  +679 334 0197, Lot 5 Matanikorovatu Nasinu.
  • 20 minutes ride to Suva Private Hospital  120 Amy  Street, Tork Suva /Fiji  +679  330 3404.
  • 20 Minutes ride to Colonial War Memorial Hospital Brown Street & Waimanu Road. Suva/  Fiji  +679  313 3444.
  • 20 Minutes ride to Gordon Street Medical Centre 98-100 Gordon Street Corner of Thurston Street, Suva/ Fiji  +679  333 1355.
  • 20 Minutes ride to Nasese Medical Centre 62 Ratu Sukuna, Suva/ Fiji +679  331 4450, + 679 330 3655.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Fiji Museum: This museum offers a great journey into Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution.
  • Suva Municipal Market.
  • Oceana Center for Arts and Culture:Arts center at the University of the South Pacific which hosts regular live music, dance and theater, art shows and other cultural events.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Fiji

Population: 881,065

Capital: Suva

Language: Fijian

Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)

Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information

Fiji is an archipelago of 333 sun-kissed, picture perfect islands tucked away in the South Pacific, close to Australia and New Zealand.

It's famed for its rugged landscape of blue lagoons and palm-lined beaches, and eco-activities from mountain climbing and surfing to soft-coral diving and zip-lining. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain the lion’s share of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded.

The 20th century brought about important economic changes in Fiji as well as the maturation of its political system. Fiji developed a major sugar industry and established productive copra milling, tourism and secondary industries.

As the country now diversifies into small-scale industries, the economy is strengthened and revenues provide for expanded public works, infrastructure, health, medical services and education.

The country’s central position in the region has been strengthened by recent developments in sea and air communications and transport. Today, Fiji plays a major role in regional affairs and is recognized as the focal point of the South Pacific.

Fiji is now home to many other races — Indians, Part Europeans, Chinese and other Pacific islanders living in harmony, and keeping their own cultures and identity. Fijians, slightly over 50 per cent of the total population, are essentially members of communities. They live in villages and do things on a communal basis.

Climate

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. The warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).

Rainfall is variable, with the warm season experiencing heavier rainfall, especially inland. Winds are moderate, though cyclones occur about once a year (10–12 times per decade).

On 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by the full force of Cyclone Winston, the only Category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall in the nation. Scores of homes were destroyed and at least 43 people have been reported dead.

Culture

Fiji was first settled about three and a half thousand years ago. The original inhabitants are now called "Lapita people" after a distinctive type of fine pottery they produced, remnants of which have been found in practically all the islands of the Pacific, east of New Guinea, though not in eastern Polynesia. Linguistic evidence suggests that they came from northern or central Vanuatu, or possibly the eastern Solomons.

Before long they had moved further on, colonizing Rotuma to the north, and Tonga and Samoa to the east. From here, vast distances were crossed to complete the settlement of the Pacific to Hawaii in the north, Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east and Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the south.

Unlike the islands of Polynesia which showed a continuous steadily evolving culture from initial occupation, Fiji appears to have undergone at least two periods of rapid culture change in prehistoric times.

This may have been due to the arrival of fresh waves of immigrants, presumably from the west. Pre Historians have noted that a massive 12th century volcanic eruption in southern Vanuatu coincides with the disappearance of a certain pottery style, and its sudden emergence in Fiji.

It is hardly surprising then, that the Fijian culture is an intricate network and that generalisations are fraught with danger. Although the legendary king of Bau, Naulivou, and his successors had control over a large area of eastern Fiji, at no time before colonization was Fiji a political unity. Nevertheless, Fiji does exhibit certain traits that sets it apart from its neighbours, and it is this that defines a distinctive Fijian culture.

Transportation

Getting around Fiji is easy and cheap. There’s a good network of buses, carriers (trucks) and ferries for travel within Fiji’s main islands, and taxis are common. Hiring a car is a good way to explore the two largest islands – which contain 90% of Fiji’s roads – or charter a boat or small plane to get between islands. Fiji is well-served by two domestic airlines which operate between many of the islands, although services are less regular to the outer islands. Yachting and cruising are also great ways to explore the country.

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